50 Things to Do When It’s Just Too Dang Cold Outside

The Spokane area has been chilly since late November, and January (unsurprisingly) hasn’t done us any favors either. Compared to the rest of the country, we’re pretty lucky to stay just above freezing most days, but that doesn’t mean we like facing the cold any better. While Spokane has a myriad of amazing outdoor winter activities to offer, that’s not everyone’s ‘cup of tea.’ Some people’s ‘cup of tea’ is an actual cup of tea by a warm fire inside, away from the cold. The following list is for those people once they get tired of lounging by that fire and want some ideas for what else they could do indoors this winter:

  • Read a new book
  • Start a prank war with your housemates
  • Do a cook and/or bake off
  • Try out new recipes
  • Learn a new board game
  • Clean your roomBumbleBar, Vegan, Organic, Gluten-Free, Spokane, Washington, Energy Bars, Organic Energy Bars, Winter, Cold, Indoor Activities, Things to Do
  • Watch movies only directed by women
  • Plan your summer vacation
  • Get better at watercolors
  • Start planning April Fool’s Day trickery
  • Listen to podcasts while coloring
  • Listen to audiobooks while sewing
  • Online shop for upcoming birthdays and holidaysBumbleBar, Vegan, Organic, Gluten-Free, Spokane, Washington, Energy Bars, Organic Energy Bars, Winter, Cold, Indoor Activities, Things to Do, Dog, Birthday, Dog in a birthday hat, Cute, Funny
  • Make a craft out of an old family photo
  • Start a blog
  • Do a puzzle
  • Have a movie marathon
  • Rearrange your room and/or living room
  • Try to follow along with a Fitness Marshall video
  • Dance party (a Fitness Marshall video can help kick start this one)BumbleBar, Vegan, Organic, Gluten-Free, Spokane, Washington, Energy Bars, Organic Energy Bars, Winter, Cold, Indoor Activities, Things to Do, Jumping, Photography
  • Build a fort
  • Make a stop motion video
  • Sort through things you’ve wanted to donate
  • Have a video game tournament
  • Cat blanket (do I mean make a cat-patterned blanket or do I mean literally cover yourself with many cats? You decide.)
  • Nap without guilt or reserveBumbleBar, Vegan, Organic, Gluten-Free, Spokane, Washington, Energy Bars, Organic Energy Bars, Winter, Cold, Indoor Activities, Things to Do, Koala, Sleeping, Koala Sleeping, Sleeping Koala, Photography
  • Invent a new drink
  • Take down old decorations and put up new ones
  • Do however many sit-ups you want to do (even if that number is 0)
  • Make all your favorite warm comfort foods
  • Drink warm water
  • Take a bubble bath (notice that taking a normal bath is not on this list)BumbleBar, Vegan, Organic, Gluten-Free, Spokane, Washington, Energy Bars, Organic Energy Bars, Winter, Cold, Indoor Activities, Things to Do, Bear, Bear in the River, Bear Bath, River, Photography
  • Invent a new catchphrase (and embarrass yourself using it)
  • Research how many degrees you are away from Kevin Bacon
  • Build a fort (yeah, I already said this one, but that’s how much I think you should do it)
  • Have an extravagant tea party
  • Watch a TED Talk
  • Sing punny songs about being cold
      • Ice Ice Baby
      • Let it Go
      • Any song by Coldplay (extra points if you only sing Shiver)
      • Freeze Frame

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  • Plan a road trip
  • Make your own thank you notes
  • Order delivery from somewhere you haven’t tried before (and ignore the guilt when you realize you’re making someone else go out into the cold to bring you food)
  • Finally listen to that band that one friend of yours keeps recommending
  • Make up a false, yet believable “fact” and circulate it at your next social event (i.e. Did you know that marshmallows were an accident?)
  • Choose a real fact to discredit at your next social event (i.e. I read that zebras aren’t actually real. Yeah, they were an elaborate hoax started in the 80’s by some guy with some paint.)BumbleBar, Vegan, Organic, Gluten-Free, Spokane, Washington, Energy Bars, Organic Energy Bars, Winter, Cold, Indoor Activities, Things to Do, Camel, Camels, Photography, Water
  • Make a mix CD
  • Alphabetize your DVD collection
  • Develop fancy hot chocolate recipes
  • Have a picnic on the carpet
  • Write a letter to a friend or family member
  • Make and freeze meals for the next time you’d rather not cook

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